Google changes Android OS in India: Here’s what it means for users


Google on Wednesday said it will allow device makers in India to license their individual apps for pre-installation and give users the option to choose their default search engine, announcing changes to how its Android system operates. Is.

The move comes after the country’s Supreme Court last week upheld tough antitrust directions, rejecting a Google challenge against a Competition Commission of India ruling that said the company had abused its market position. has ordered it to change how it markets its Android system in an important growth market. ,

Google said in a blog post, “The implementation of these changes to the ecosystem will be a complex process and will require significant work on our end and in many cases significant efforts from partners, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and developers.” Will be.”

Google was concerned about India’s decision as the steps are seen as more comprehensive than those taken in the European Commission’s landmark 2018 decision against Android.

According to Counterpoint Research estimates, about 97 percent of the 600 million smartphones in India run on Android, while in Europe, 75 percent of the 550 million smartphones run on the smartphone system.

The CCI ruled in October that Alphabet Inc-owned Google had taken advantage of its dominant position in Android and asked it to lift restrictions on device makers, including those relating to pre-installation of apps and ensuring exclusivity of its searches. . It also fined Google $161 million.

Hoping to stall the implementation of CCI’s directions, Google had approached the Supreme Court, warning that the development of its Android ecosystem would be stalled. It said it would be forced to make changes to arrangements with more than 1,100 device makers and thousands of app developers if the directive comes into force.

But the Supreme Court did not agree to block the directions as sought by Google. The court also said a lower tribunal – where Google first challenged the Android Directives – can continue to hear the company’s appeal and should rule by March 31.

“We continue to respectfully appeal certain aspects of the CCI ruling,” Google said.

The US search giant also said it is updating Android compatibility requirements to introduce changes for partners building non-compatible variants of Android.

In Europe, Google was fined by the Commission for imposing an illegal restriction on Android mobile device manufacturers. Google is still challenging a record $4.3 billion fine in that case.

– Reuters

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